Breast augmentation is no longer an unusual choice: Thousands of women undergo this procedure every year in the United States alone. However, every one of these cases is unique. Some women choose to have implants as part of a breast reconstruction process, while others are unhappy with the size or shape of their natural breasts. If you’re considering breast implants, you need to ensure that you choose implants that perfectly match your body shape and work with it to create your desired look. Here are some factors you need to consider when choosing your implants.
Silicone or Saline Filler?
Breast implants consist of an outer shell of silicone, which is filled with either silicone gel or salt water (saline). Both types of implants have been tested to ensure their safety. Saline implants are inserted empty and then filled with saline once the surgeon has confirmed they’re in the correct place. As a result, saline implants leave slightly smaller scars than silicone implants, which are already full of gel when they are inserted. Silicone implants typically feel more natural, whereas saline implants can have a rounder shape. 85% of women in Dr. Peterson’s practice prefer silicone implants.
Breast Implant Sizes
Most implants can hold up to 400 cubic centimeters of saline or silicone filler. The amount of filler placed into the implant determines the final size of the breast. The Largest implant is 800cc (700-800cc are usually for reconstruction purposes) Implants sizes start at 175cc and go up to 800cc. Most augmentation patients like 375-500cc range. The right size for you will depend on your frame size and the appearance you want to achieve.
Breast Implant Shapes
In addition to deciding how big you want your new breasts to be, you also need to decide on their shape. Moderate-profile, moderate-profile plus and high-profile are the options you’ll need to choose between.
Moderate-Profile Breast Implants
Moderate-profile breast implants project outward less far than other types of implants. They’re a good option if you have a wide chest, as they can fill the space to create a natural appearance.
Moderate-Profile Plus Breast Implants
Moderate-profile plus implants project more than moderate-profile implants, as they are slightly tapered. They’re a better option for narrower chests, although in some cases they can put slightly too much pressure on breast tissue.
High-Profile Breast Implants
High-profile breast implants give the fullest breasts, which project further than moderate or moderate-profile plus implants. These breasts have plenty of lift, which can create a youthful appearance, although it is possible for these implants to look unnatural on some women.
Choosing Your Perfect Breast Implants
Breast augmentation and reconstruction are very personal procedures. Therefore, there is no singular “right answer” to the question of which type of implants are best. You need to discuss your options with your surgeon, who can let you know how each option will look on your frame.
If you are interested in finding out more about breast implants, contact Dr. Stacey L. Peterson, M.D., for a consultation. Dr. Peterson is an experienced plastic surgeon in Wichita, KS. He can help you find the implants that are right for you and guide you through the breast augmentation process. With the help of his professional staff, Dr. Peterson can ensure that you receive the highest standard of care, whether you are undergoing breast reconstruction after a mastectomy or simply want to create a look that helps you feel more confident.